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Snowdrop gardens to visit in Kent

PUBLISHED: 13:47 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:47 28 February 2017

Here is where to see snowdrops in Kent (Dave Gunn, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here is where to see snowdrops in Kent (Dave Gunn, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)


The elusive snowdrop can be hard to find and before you know it, they’re gone again, so we saved you the trouble and found some beautiful spots in Kent to go for a walk among the snowdrops

1. Goodnestone Park Gardens

In aid of the National Gardens Scheme, Goodnestone Park Gardens will be open for its Snowdrop Day. Built in the early 18th century, Goodnestone Park is steeped in history and saw many visitors including author Jane Austen. Walk in her footsteps through the sea of white flowers that spring up during February.

Gardens open Sunday 12th February, 12 – 4pm


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2. Doddington Place Gardens

The striking red brick Doddington Place will also open its gardens in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. Surrounded by rolling countryside in the North Downs – an area of outstanding natural beauty – there is plenty of flora and fauna to enjoy year round. Visit during the open day and see the pretty white flowers pushing through the ground and you stroll around the beautifully manicured gardens.

Sunday 19th February, 11am – 4pm, £6 adult, £2 child

3. Spring Platt, Maidstone

Mother and daughter duo Carolyn and Julie have created a stunning “snow drop garden” in the form of Spring Platt in Maidstone. Having been inspired to collect snowdrops in 2003, the collection has grown to over 400 varieties, many of which can be seen in their swathes in February. Opening for the National Gardens Scheme, this is a wonderful, tranquil garden to spend a contemplative couple of hours, soaking in the springtime flora.

Open 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th February, 10am – 4pm, £4 adult, children enter free

4. Chartwell

Open throughout February, Chartwell is another spot that is peppered with little white snowdrops. The former family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the red brick stately home is a popular destination for its historical intrigue, pretty gardens, and rolling estate parkland. There will be snowdrops popping up during the second month of the year, making it a great place to wrap up in scarves and coats and head out to for a peaceful walk.

Garden open 10am – 4pm, £7.50 adult, £3.75 child

5. Sissinghurst Castle

With the estate at Sissinghurst Castle open year round, come February, there will be snowdrops galore scattered about the stunning grounds. There is 460 acres of Wealden countryside to explore so why not spend an afternoon strolling around the historic Sissinghurst watching out for the little white flowers as you go? Once you have finished, pay a visit to the on-site restaurant that serves organic food sourced feet away from the onsite garden.

Estate open dawn to dusk every day, restaurant open 10am – 5.30pm, winter (1st January – 11th March) prices: adult £6.70; child £3.25

6. Ightham Mote

The estate and gardens at Ightham Mote are open throughout February for visitors eager to welcome the spring with a snowdrop walk. With the moated Ightham in the background – originally built in the 1300s – with its higgledy-piggledy exterior that exudes a historic charm, you can enjoy a lazy walk with the white heads of the snowdrops surrounding. Relax in the on-site café (open 10am – 3.30pm) after your explorations with a cup of tea and some cake or a steaming bowl of soup to warm up with.

During February, adult £3, child £1.50

7. Copton Ash

The private garden of Copton Ash in Faversham will be open for the National Gardens Scheme and will be dotted with snowdrops and lots of rare flora to capture the eye of those with a green thumb. Enjoy some soup or a cup of tea afterwards to recharge.

Sunday 12th February, 12pm – 4pm, £4

8. Mere House

Located in Mereworth, the six acre garden at Mere House is filled with hopeful heads of snowdrops, shaking winter off, and will be open to visitors for the National Gardens Scheme for two days in February.

Sunday 19th and Sunday 26th February, 2pm – 5pm, £4.50, children free

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